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1 month ago

went labor day weekend. beautiful views, limited flowers left. would be an easy trail for kids and a nice bike trail. didn't see any animals but the path runs along the creek most of the way. no one mentions the road going into the trailhead. It was a little rough. we took the RV and cautiously made our way. there are a few boondocking sites along the way and there is a turn around at the trailhead. If you are staying at Henry's Lake it is a nice little hike not far from the campgeound.

great easy walk with good views. spend the time to see the creek up close. it is so clear and cold.

Beautiful day, moderate temp. Still a few flowers. Great family trail.

Great for kids.

We loved this hike. We did it with a 2.5 and 4.5 year old and two adults in their mid 70s. It was beautiful and the right level of difficulty (easy). We hiked about 1 mile in. The kids played in the creek. We didn't see any wild life but brought bear spray as we had read someone had just seen bears. We did see a wolf or large cat track in some wet mud. Would do this hike again just for the potential to see wild life.

We saw two young wolves who were frolicking around at about the 1 mile mark. No bear or moose however but seeing wolves in their natural environment was rewarding. An easy trail, no incline but I would recommend bear spray and a companion as the terrain is perfect for bear activity.

Very easy stroll with beautiful views of mountains and so many wildflowers and meadows along the way.

hiking
3 months ago

We saw a fresh bear track about a quarter of a mile in (see pic I uploaded) and about 1.5 miles in we came across three bear cubs frolicking beside the trail--one of which was blond (see pic). We didn't see the momma bear so we deftly made our way back to the trailhead. We also saw another single bear about half a mile north of the trailhead on 191. So, yeah, a great trail: but grab a can of bear spray and don't do it alone.

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect hike. Wild flowers were prime, foot traffic (for a holiday) was minimal. Not too strenuous so you can enjoy the scenery. I'd do it again without hesitation.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked half way up... Snow is hit and miss buy waist deep around mile 5.

hiking
4 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

We backpacked this trail in August and stayed 2 nights at Shelf Lake. The first 6 miles are fairly easy with gradual elevation gain through mostly pine forest with occasional meadows to break up the scenery. Beautiful meadow at around 4 miles where you cross the creek, great place for lunch and a break. The last 2 miles are strenuous as you climb almost straight up to Shelf Lake. The trail becomes more difficult with rocks and tree roots. Shelf Lake is a wonderful, secluded camping spot. Take the short hike up to the Sky Rim Trail above the lake for spectacular 360 views.

backpacking
5 months ago

Did this in mid-September 2016. An awesome moderate hike with stunning campsites & views one you get up to the basin. A great overnight, and would be awesome to spend an extra night doing day hikes out of the basin. We did, however, get a few inches of snow overnight--not that surprising at that time of year.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

trail running
Sunday, September 04, 2016

The trail is a little skinny most of the distance but not a big deal. This is a beautiful trail the whole way. Not sure how a past review of this thought trail was boring and all they saw was the creek. Look around as you hike, it's great. Saw three or four hawks in the first mile too.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

hiking
Sunday, August 21, 2016